Panang Cucumber Curry Recipe - Vegetarian Times

Panang Cucumber Curry


With a little heat and a spicy curry paste, cucumbers star in a hearty Indonesian dish. Serve in bowls with steamed basmati rice.

  • 6Servings


  • 1 Tbs. canola oil
  • 1 4-oz. can panang curry paste, such as Maesri
  • 1 13-oz. can light coconut milk
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves, or 1 1/2 tsp. grated lime zest
  • 1 1/2 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce, plus more to taste, optional
  • 1 large English cucumber or 2 medium garden cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and cut into 3/4-inch cubes (2 cups)
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cut into strips (1 cup)
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup Thai basil leaves or coarsely chopped sweet basil leaves
  • 14 oz. extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp. fresh lime juice


1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-low heat. Add curry paste, and cook 4 minutes, or until paste thickens and begins to brown, stirring often. Stir in coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, and soy sauce (if using). Simmer 5 minutes, or until sauce thickens enough to coat back of spoon.

2. Add cucumber, bell pepper, and onion to curry sauce. Simmer 10 to 12 minutes, or until cucumber is crisp-tender. Stir in basil, then gently fold in tofu. Simmer 3 minutes, or until tofu is heated through. Stir in cilantro and lime juice. Season with more soy sauce, if desired.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 196
  • Carbohydrate Content: 12 g
  • Fat Content: 11 g
  • Fiber Content: 5 g
  • Protein Content: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 4 g
  • Sodium Content: 795 mg
  • Sugar Content: 6 g